There is Even a Black Friday for Buying Capital Equipment

by | Jan 14, 2022 | Veterinary Diagnostics

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2021 has been another challenging year. The pace will only hasten with many end of year events so even the mention of getting ready for taxes is sure to bring some level of anxiety. Unless it is an opportunity for an end of the year write-off (Section 179).

Section 179 of the IRS code allows small businesses to write off 100 percent of the cost of depreciable business equipment instead of capitalizing and depreciating the asset over a period of time. This includes capital equipment, furniture, vehicles, computers, and software. It provides the distinct advantage of being able to reduce one’s tax burden immediately instead of over a longer period of time. It is like a Black Friday sale for business expenses.

For example, if a veterinary practice with a tax bracket of 35%, purchases a piece of equipment for $25,000, then they would reduce their tax liability by $8,750.

Purchase Cost$25,000
Assumed Tax Bracket35%
Section 179 Allowable Deduction$25,000
Reduced tax liability when electing Section 179$8,750
Effective System Cost after Section 179 election$16,250

Like all IRS codes, there are of course, restrictions. The investment must occur within the designated tax year. It needs to be purchased and not leased, rented, or gifted. It also needs to be considered property used primarily for business purposes. It cannot be land, buildings, heating/cooling systems, and is limited to certain vehicles. Lastly, any percentage of personal use is deducted from the write-off.

When considering a purchase of LexaGene’s MiQLab, a section 179 election may result in a tax savings, with a direct impact on net profit and ROI.

Because every case is different, it is recommended you speak with your tax professional to see what is best for your practice. For more information on the benefits of MiQLab and how it can increase your practice’s efficiency and profitability, contact

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<a href="" target="_self">Joe Fillion</a>

Joe Fillion

Joe Fillion is a business development and strategic marketing professional specializing in identifying and developing winning strategies that bring disruptive technologies, products, and worldwide markets together. As LexaGene’s Market Development Manager, Joe is responsible for developing “go to market” strategies, product launch plans, creating and executing business development strategies, and identifying, researching, and developing new markets. Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in Electronic Engineering and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University with a concentration in international marketing.

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